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India has been facing in recent years a shortage in military equipment assembly areas. This explains the fact that Indian industrial explosives maker Solar Industries India Ltd (SIIL) is developing a missile assembly facility in central India, which is expected to be completed by January next year.

According to’s report, SIIL’s facility in Nagpur currently manufactures HMX and HMX based compositions like Octol, Oma and Okfol for high explosive anti-tank ammunition and missiles. It also manufactures propellants for BrahMos missile. Continue reading


For Indian diplomats, a posting in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul is considered to be one of the most difficult because of the perilous security situation and the tension emanating from the hostility with Pakistan. Amid this, Manpreet Vohra, India’s ambassador to Afghanistan, who assumed charge in January 2016, is juggling with many deadlines as India-Afghanistan relations are fast-tracked after the unfolding of US President Donald Trump’s new Afghan policy. On a short visit to Muscat to attend the Track 1.5 South Asia Security Conference organised by the International Institute for Strategic Studies and Near East and South Asia, Ambassador Vohra spoke to Sheela Bhatt, National Affairs Editor, NewsX. Excerpts:

Q: Has India’s role increased since the announcement of United States’ new Afghan policy? Has it undergone a big change? Continue reading


There were at least two key political motives driving the Space Race between the US and the USSR. Firstly, it was propaganda for the citizens of their own countries, convincing them of their own nation’s supremacy. Secondly, the Race seemed an ideal way to win over a large number of nations which watched this Cold War rivalry with great eagerness. For many of these nations, the Space Race had as much to do with political dominance as it was about advances in the field of science, technology and engineering. For nations which were yet to definitely pick a side in the Cold War, the Space Race became something of a beauty pageant to pick a winner from.

Meanwhile, both superpowers were constantly “wooing” newly-independent “third world” nations to join them as allies. The Race was about conquering both space and Earth. Continue reading


A year after suffering it’s biggest military setback, the banned CPI(Maoist) is in the grip of a mid-level organisational crisis. On October 24, the Maoists will observe the first anniversary of the Ramaguda or Ramgarh exchange of fire, in which 30 of their cadre were killed. Ramgarh, a small tribal hamlet between the Eastern Ghats and the Balimela Reservoir, is in the cut-off area of the Andhra-Odisha Border (AOB), a stronghold of the Maoists.

The Ramgarh encounter has significance in the history of the Maoist conflict. This was the biggest single strike by the Greyhounds, the anti-Naxal special police of Andhra Pradesh. It wiped out almost the entire top leadership of the Malkangiri-Koraput-Visakhapatnam Border (MKVB) division and part of the Andhra Orissa Border Special Zonal Committee (AOBSZC) of the CPI (Maoist). Continue reading

SOURCE: Swarajya

It has been nearly eight weeks since the standoff between India and China at Doklam on the China-Bhutan-India tri-junction was resolved on 28 August with troops of both the countries pulling back from the eyeball-to-eyeball position. The standoff was sparked by China’s attempts to construct a road across the Doklamplateau that would have effectively pushed the trijunction 10 kilometres south and brought the strategic and vulnerable Siliguri corridor (also called the chicken’s neck corridor) within range of China’s long range field guns.

Though the crisis was resolved, thanks to India’s firm stand and New Delhi’s strong BATNA (Best Alternative To Negotiated Agreement) resolve-that India would not shy away from a limited border skirmish if negotiations with China failed-the standoff offered an important lesson for India: that the present overwhelming dependence on the Siliguri corridor should be reduced. And also that communication links within the Northeast has to be improved on an urgent basis. Continue reading


Army chief General Bipin Rawat today blamed social media for the rise in radicalisation among the youth of Jammu and Kashmir and said it was being tackled with a “lot of seriousness”.

Rawat, on a day-long visit here, also brushed aside the issue of alleged braid chopping incidents in the state as a “routine matter” which the civil administration and the police would deal with.”Radicalisation is taking place. It is a worldwide phenomenon that radicalisation is taking place. We are addressing it with a lot of seriousness,” Rawat told reporters here when asked about radicalisation in the Kashmir Valley. Continue reading


STRESSING THAT it was important for India to join the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said that it is willing to engage in “in-depth communication” to address Indian concerns. Senior MFA officials also said that China supports Indian efforts to play a bigger role in international affairs and expressed hope that India would respect Chinese concerns, especially those involving the Dalai Lama and border disputes.

“We had invited India to the Belt and Road Forum and hoped they would join the initiative, but India has expressed concerns. Continue reading

SOURCE: The Statesman

Pakistan on Saturday confirmed that its new High Commissioner to India Sohail Mahmood had recently met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj but denied that any specific case came up for discussion during the talks.

“It is customary for the newly-posted envoys to make courtesy calls on local dignitaries. Accordingly, the High Commissioner had a meeting with India’s Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj on 17 October,’’ Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson said in a press release, which was also forwarded to the Indian media by the High Commission here. Continue reading


In her first foreign visit as defence minister, Nirmala Sitharaman will travel to the Philippines on Monday to attend a Southeast Asian defence ministers’ meeting which is likely to review the regional security architecture including China’s growing assertiveness in the South China Sea.

During her three-day visit, Sitharaman is likely to hold bilateral talks with her counterparts from a number of countries, defence ministry officials said. Continue reading


The increased threats of cyber attacks targeting confidential government information has prompted the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to prepare guidelines on securing government data.

The National Information Security Policy and Guidelines, prepared by MHA, have been sent to the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS), which is an apex body on security policies headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval as its secretary. Continue reading


The ministry of external affairs has started collecting DNA samples of relatives of the 39 Indian men who have been missing in Iraq since June 2014. This has triggered both hope and apprehension in the relatives who feel that the central government finally has some information about the missing men but does not want to reveal anything till it receives more information.

Top government sources in Delhi though said the DNA samples were being collected as a “matter of routine procedure”. A senior official said that foreign minister Sushma Swaraj had earlier written to the chief ministers of four states, including Punjab, saying that as a matter of normal practice the government needed to provide the samples to the Iraqi government. Continue reading

SOURCE: Hindustan Times

Suspected militants targeted the houses of three locals — two PDP workers and an army jawan, according to sources — in various parts of Jammu and Kashmir late on Saturday, leaving a tailor injured and ransacking the other places.

In Pulwama, they barged into the residence of PDP zonal president Muhammad Ashraf, who was not in, in Dadsara village of Tral, and ransacked the place, leaving windowpanes broken, sources said. None were injured. Continue reading


The Jammu and Kashmir police on Saturday blamed “radical elements” and detained a worker of a political party for raising “false alarms of braid-chopping”, as the Valley observed a shutdown in protest against the forcible cutting of women’s hair.

The police said an investigation in north Kashmir had revealed that miscreants who attacked women this way had three objectives. Continue reading

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